Today’s kids are under a serious health threat and yet many parents and teachers are letting them slide into ripe conditions for degenerative diseases. Many are blaming junk food and the fast food industry for this trend. But the research shows that kids today are not eating significantly more calories than kids 30 years ago. Today’s kids just aren’t burning nearly the calories of their counterparts, three decades ago
Have you ever heard a kid say that they were bored? It takes constant stimulation to keep them motivated. And, to keep them fit for life, it will take just that if you don’t want boredom to set in.
This nation is facing an epidemic. Obesity has not only taken over the lives of adults but children as well. Technology in part has helped us to become a society that sits rather than moves. This is good for the electronics industry but bad for a healthy long life.
And, if adults aren’t moving about, how are kids going to be expected to? They follow the example set for them. Let’s break the cycle of a sedentary lifestyle and teach our kids how to be fit for life.
Here are some ways that you can get your kids up off the couch and moving each and every day.
* Do something you love – For anyone this is the biggest boost to motivation. If you try an activity and it doesn’t work for you, then don’t be afraid to try something else. Kids will be quick to tell you that they don’t like something and probably won’t do it again. Ask them what activities they like to do and strive to choose one each day to participate in. When you like what you do, it feels natural to do it all the time.
* Don’t think of physical activity as exercise – Instead of saying “Let’s go exercise,” say “Let’s go have fun.” Exercise sounds like work. Make it fun and kids will forget to be bored and just enjoy themselves. It could be as simple as shooting hoops in the driveway after dinner or riding bikes in the park after school.
* Exercise with your kids – It’s easy to sit back and tell your kids what to do, but what kind of example would that be? Get going with them. Ride bikes together; hike in the woods; play kickball in the backyard. Before you know it, you’ll feel like a kid again. Not only is your child staying motivated but you are as well.
* Invite their friends along – Exercise is great when you have a partner. If you are getting up a pick-up game of basketball, invite your kids’ friends to participate. Activities like this are more fun when you have lots of people. Form a neighborhood team or get involved with a church team. This promotes competitiveness and keeps kids motivated to get moving.
* Set goals – If your child is a little bit heavier than others their age, the goal could be to slim down a bit. Goals give us something to work towards, a motivation for staying fit. Kids can be motivated by the same types of things as adults.
Want to keep your kid fit and break the epidemic of obesity? Use these ideas to make it happen.